So my latest project is to lighten up my fatass porker of a Jake and keep only what I need. I have full Poly Performance skids and sliders, and can't sacrifice those - I need them. Also, the winch stays of course. I just removed the Rock Hard bumpers and saved a ton of weight.
This stuff adds up fast!
Tranny/X-member skid: 66 lbs
Gas tank skid: 70 lbs
Transfer case skid: 31 lbs
Engine skid: 30 lbs
Total skid weights: 197 lbs. Not terrible given the protection.
Sliders weight: 135 lbs
Total skids/sliders: 332 lbs
Winch, extra battery, etc: 160 lbs
Total: 500 lbs
Now, this is before bumpers!!!
Rock Hard full width: 160 lbs
Rock hard rear/carrier/skid 200 lbs
Bumpers total 360 lbs
Total everything: 860 lbs!!!
Yes, 860 pounds!! Bringing my 4200-pound Jeep to over 5000 lbs!! Not including wheels and tires of course. No wonder its a nasty porker. The bumpers will be staying off and replaced with super-lightweight pieces.
Now, imagine if I left the bumpers on and stuffed some nice Currie D60s under there. That's another couple hundred pounds at least. Now lets add steel tube fenders, some quarter armor, ram assist.....I would have no trouble building a 6000-lb two door. No wonder some of these guys need a Hemi just to get out of their own way!!
Anyway just some food for thought before you add that next round of plate steel to your ride. It's remarkable how fast it adds up!